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Testing Technology in a Ghost Town

by / September 21, 2011

Remember the 1996 movie Bio-Dome, where two guys mistakenly became trapped in a closed ecological system and were forced to learn how to protect the Earth? Fifteen years later, a project with a similar mission has been planned, though no one will remain inside.

In fact, there is no "inside." It will be a ghost town that an international technology development firm wants to build on up to 20 square miles of open, unimproved land in New Mexico. The town, designed to replicate a modern U.S. city, would give public- and private-sector entities a place to test projects like renewable energy systems, smart grid cyber-security and the limits of wireless systems before implementing them in a real city.

But how can certain technologies true capabilities be tested in an area without people? To find out, visit the story about The Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation at Governing magazine, our sister publication.

Photo courtesy of Todd Shoemake.